What if it were possible for college students to experience first-hand what they’ve been studying — while also getting class credit? That’s the idea behind Reality Tours “Alternative Spring Break” trips.
Students who are trying to understand the world economy — including the roots of the global financial crisis and climate change — can take a Reality Tour to Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, South Korea, the US/Mexico Border or Chiapas, Mexico where they’ll learn about each country's social and political history, enjoy its diverse culture, learn about agro-ecology, or perhaps volunteer. They’ll visit communities, meet with labor activists, land reform advocates, sustainable farmers, local artisans, Fair Trade cooperatives, educators, and more.
Students studying the environment — and especially the need for sustainable energy to combat global warming — can travel to Cuba to see how it developed and implemented its national energy efficiency and independence plan.
Cuba has made great strides in installing solar panels on rural schools and medical clinics, as well as teaching energy-related science and technology in schools. Those interested are also invited to attend the CUBA SOLAR International Conference this April in Santiago de Cuba.
Spring break isn’t just for students. Teachers, professors, librarians, administrators and other academic professionals are invited to join a remarkable research delegation to study the Cuban public education system. The UN’s 2005 “Education For All” Global Monitoring Report singled out Cuba — along with much richer countries such as Canada, Finland, and Korea — as an educational role model.
But it gets better: Both students and teachers can earn credit for participating in Reality Tours and anyone can create an enlightening adventure with us by customizing your own Spring getaway!
Of course, professionals, activists and all those seeking to further their education about the world we live in are also welcome to join these tours.
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Until next time,
Reality Tours Director (External Relations)